The Voice of Germany

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The Voice of Germany
Voice germany.jpg
Genre Talent show
Created by John de Mol
Roel van Velzen
Directed by Mark Achterberg
Daniel Brauer
Boris Retterath
Presented by
Composer(s) Martijn Schimmer
Country of origin Germany
Original language(s) German
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 101+
Executive producer(s) Christiane Knaup
Production location(s) TV Studio Adlershof
Production company(s) Talpa and
Schwartzkopff TV-Productions[1]
Distributor Endemol-Talpa
Original network ProSieben
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release 24 November 2011 (2011-11-24) –
Related shows The Voice of Holland
The Voice (U.S.)
The Voice UK
The Voice Kids
The Voice Senior
External links
Official website
Promotional photograph of the Coaches of The Voice of Germany (Seasons 1-2)

The Voice of Germany is a German reality talent show created by John de Mol and based on the concept The Voice of Holland. It is part of an international series. It began airing on ProSieben and Sat.1 on 24 November 2011.[2]


The series consists of three phases: a blind audition, a battle phase and live performance shows. Four judges/coaches, all noteworthy recording artists, choose teams of contestants through a blind audition process. Each judge has the length of the auditioner's performance (about one minute) to decide if he or she wants that singer on his or her team; if two or more judges want the same singer (as happens frequently), the singer has the final choice of coach.

Each team of singers is mentored and developed by its respective coach. In the second stage, called the battle phase, coaches have two of their team members battle against each other directly by singing the same song together, with the coach choosing which team member to advance from each of four individual "battles" into the first live round. Within that first live round, the surviving four acts from each team again compete head-to-head, with public votes determining one of two acts from each team that will advance to the final eight, while the coach chooses which of the remaining three acts comprises the other performer remaining on the team.

In the final phase, the remaining contestants (Final 32) compete against each other in live broadcasts. The television audience and the coaches have equal say 50/50 in deciding who moves on to the final 4 phase. With one team member remaining for each coach, the (final 4) contestants compete against each other in the finale with the outcome decided solely by public vote.

In Season 2, the battle format was extended into the live shows. The eight contestants in one team competed in battles until one finalist is left. The winner of these battle was selected by a 50%-mixture of a coach and televoting.

In Season 3, the live show battle format was abolished after it was criticized that popular contestants had to compete against each other. The number of live shows was reduced from six to four. The knockout round where contestants who succeeded from battle rounds compete for live shows was introduced in this season. It was first seen in the third season of The Voice US. The Cross-battle was also introduced in season 3 and was extended to season 4. In season 5, four contestants received the highest vote from the public advanced to the Live Finals regardless of what team they are from. But from the sixth season onwards, only one contestant from each team who received the highest vote out of their teams' top 3 was sent to the finals.

Development, production and marketing

In April 2011, ProSieben announced its intention to bring an adaptation of The Voice of Holland to Germany. In July 2011, ProSieben began announcements of the coaches/judges for the series. First to sign on were Nena and Xavier Naidoo.[3] Rea Garvey, "Boss Burns" (Alec Völkel) and "Hoss Power" (Sascha Vollmer) joined in late August 2011.[4]

Stefan Gödde was announced as the first season's host.[5] Doris Golpashin was hosting the backstage special for the official website.[6]

Coaches and presenters


Coach Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Michi & Smudo
Michael Patrick


Presenter Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Coaches and finalists

     – Winning Coach/Contestant. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font.
     – Runner-Up Coach/Contestant. Final contestant first listed.
     – 3rd Place Coach/Contestant. Final contestant first listed.
     – 4th Place Coach/Contestant. Final contestant first listed.
Seasons Coaches and their team
1 Rea Garvey Nena Boss Burns &
Hoss Power
Xavier Naidoo
Michael Schulte
Jasmin Graf
Percival Duke
Benny Fiedler
Charles Simmons
Lena Sicks
Kim Sanders
Sharron Levy
Behnam Moghaddam
Yasmina Hunzinger
Nina Kutschera
Lisa Martine Weller
Ivy Quainoo
Ole Feddersen
Ramona Nerra
Bennie McMillan
C Jay
Sahar Haluzy
Max Giesinger
Mic Donet
Rino Galiano
Katja Friedenberg
Rüdiger Skoczowsky
Dominic Sanz
2 Nick Howard
Michael Heinemann
Bianca Böhme
Jenna Hoff
Karo Fruhner
Evi Lancora
Rayland Horton
Michelle Perera
Isabell Schmidt
Brigitte Lorenz
Eva Croissant
Menna Mulugeta
Aisata Blackman
Sami & Samira Badawi
Michel Schmied
James Borges
Rob Fowler
Raffa Shira Banggard
Steffen Reusch
Keye Katcher
Lida Martel
Christin Kieu
Tiffany Kirkland
Michael Lane
Freaky T
Gil Ofarim
Jesper Jürgens
Brandon Stone
Momo Djender
Iveta Mukuchyan
Marcel Gabriel
3 Max Herre Nena Boss Burns &
Hoss Power
Samu Haber
Andreas Kümmert
Peer Richter
Nico Gomez
Yasemin "Jazz" Akkar
Violeta Kokollari
Katharina Schoofs
Tiana Kruskic
Emily Intsiful
Thorunn Egilsdóttir
John Noville
Nader Rahy
Laura Kattan
Debbie Schippers
Caro Trischler
Tal Ofarim
Aalijah Tabatha Hahnemann
David Whitley
Anina Schibli
Chris Schummert
Judith van Hel
Yvonne Rüller
Romina Amann
Tesiree Priti
Nilima Chowdhury
4 Rea Garvey Stefanie Kloss Michi Beck & Smudo Samu Haber
Lina Arndt
Philipp Leon Altmeyer
Alex Hartung
Carlos Jerez
Marion Campbell
Ben Dettinger
Björn Amadeus Kahl
Anna Liza Risse
Charley Ann Schmutzler
Calvin Bynum
Stephanie Kurpisch
René Lugonic
Andrei Vesa
René Noçon
Katrin Ringling
Daniel Mehrsadeh
5 Rea Garvey Stefanie Kloss Michi Beck & Smudo Andreas Bourani
Denise Beiler
Mary Summer
Joshua Harfst
Isabel Ment
Dimi Rompos
Cheryl Vorsterman van Oijen
Jamie-Lee Kriewitz
Tobias Vorwerk
Matthias Nzola Zanquila
Ayke Witt
Tiffany Kemp
Michael Bauereiß
6 Samu Haber Yvonne Catterfeld Michi Beck & Smudo Andreas Bourani
Robin Resch
Stas Schurins
Boris Alexander Stein
Vera Tavares
Friedemann Petter
Marc Amacher
Robert Ildefonso
Yasmin Sidibe
Tay Schmedtmann
Lucie Fischer
Michael Caliman
7 Samu Haber Yvonne Catterfeld Michi Beck & Smudo Mark Forster
Natia Todua
Janina Beyerlein
Lara Samira Will
BB Thomaz
Melvin Vardouniotis
Gregor Hägele
Anna Heimrath
Meike Hammerschmidt
Dzenan Buldic
Benedikt Köstler
Michael Russ
Filiz Arslan
8 Mark Forster Yvonne Catterfeld Michi Beck & Smudo Michael Patrick Kelly
Jessica Schaffler
Diana Babalola
Rahel Maas
Benjamin Dolic
Linda Alkhodor
James Smith Jr.
Eros Atomus Isler
Coby Grant
Clifford Dwenger
Samuel Rösch
Bernarda Brunovic
Matthias Nebel

Season summary

Colour key

Season Premiere Finale Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place Winning coach Host Coaches (order)
1 2 3 4
1 November 24, 2011 February 10, 2012 Ivy Quainoo Kim Sanders Michael Schulte Max Giesinger The BossHoss Stefan Gödde Rea Nena BossHoss Xavier
2 October 18, 2012 December 14, 2012 Nick Howard Isabell Schmidt Michael Lane James Borges Rea Garvey Thore Schölermann
3 October 17, 2013 December 20, 2013 Andreas Kümmert Chris Schummert Judith van Hel Debbie Schippers Max Herre Samu Max
4 October 9, 2014 December 12, 2014 Charley Ann Schmutzler Lina Arndt Andrei Vesa Marion Campbell Michi & Smudo Rea Michi & Smudo Stefanie Samu
5 October 15, 2015 December 17, 2015 Jamie-Lee Kriewitz Ayke Witt Tiffany Kemp Isabel Ment Thore Schölermann
Lena Gercke
Stefanie Michi & Smudo Andreas
6 October 20, 2016 December 18, 2016 Tay Schmedtmann Robin Resch Marc Amacher Boris Alexander Stein Andreas Bourani Samu Yvonne
7 October 19, 2017 December 17, 2017 Natia Todua Benedikt Köstler Anna Heimrath BB Thomaz Samu Haber Mark Michi & Smudo Yvonne Samu
8 October 18, 2018 December 16, 2018 Samuel Rösch Benjamin Dolic Jessica Schaffler Eros Atomus Isler Michael Patrick Kelly Michael Patrick Mark
9 2019 2019 TBA TBA

Season 1: 2011–2012

Season 1 premiered on ProSieben on 24 November 2011. RTL's successful talent show Das Supertalent was scheduled at the same time as The Voice of Germany.[7][8] While RTL achieved higher viewer figures with 5.83 million viewers (18.1% market share) compared to The Voice of Germany's 3.89 million viewers (12.4% market share), the ProSieben show was more popular amongst the 14-49 target group, with 3.06 million viewers (23.8% market share) compared to Das Supertalent's 2.99 million viewers (22.8% market share).[9] The following day, The Voice of Germany aired on Sat.1 for the first time.

On Sat.1, The Voice of Germany increased its viewers to 4.36 million (14.3% market share) and viewers in the 14-49 bracket remained almost the same at 3.05 million viewers (26.6% market share).[10] The show saw a significant drop in ratings during the live shows. The final was watched by 4.01 million viewers, a market share of 12.9%.[11]

Winner Ivy Quainoo debuted at #2 on the German Media Control charts with her debut single "Do You Like What You See", while the other three finalists also made it into the top 20.

Season 2: 2012

After a successful Season 1, Prosieben and Sat.1 decided to run another season in 2012.[12] The format of the show stayed the same and all four judges returned for season 2.[13] In June 2012, it was announced that Stefan Gödde would not return for Season 2, because of other projects. He was replaced by actor Thore Schölermann.[14]

Season 2 premiered on 18 October 2012 on Prosieben. It was the most popular program that day with 4.69 million viewers (15.5% market share) and 3.46 million viewers among the 14-49 target group (28.5% market share).[15] The program achieved record ratings the following day with 5.24 million viewers and a market share of 21.9%.[16]

The winner of the second season was Nick Howard with his song "Unbreakable". The song debuted #5 on the German Media Control charts.

Season 3: 2013

After the successful ratings in the blind auditions in Season 2, Prosieben and Sat.1 announced a third season in 2013. After major speculations it was announced in August 2013 that Xavier Naidoo and Rea Garvey would leave the show for other projects. They were replaced by Samu Haber and Max Herre. Nena and The BossHoss returned for their third season as coaches. Thore Schölermann returned for his second season as host.[17]

Season 3 began on 17 October 2013 on Prosieben. It was the most popular program that day with 4.03 million viewers (13.5% market share) and 2.73 million viewers among the 14-49 target group (24.1% market share). The rating was 660,000 fewer viewers than the series 2 launch.[18]

Season 4: 2014

On 18 March 2014, Alec Völkel and Sascha Vollmer of The BossHoss announced that they would no longer be coaches for the fourth season.[19] Five days later, Nena also announced her exit from the show.[20] On March 27, 2014, Michi Beck & Smudo of Die Fantastischen Vier was announced as The BossHoss' replacement. [21] On 3 April 2014, Samu Haber announced on Facebook that he would coach in the fourth season. On 6 May 2014, it was announced that Max Herre had left the show, but Rea Garvey returned after one season hiatus. On 3 July Silbermond frontwoman Stefanie Kloss' management announced that she would replace Nena on the jury.[22] This season was again hosted by Thore Schölermann and the backstage presenter was Doris Golpashin. The winner of the fourth season was Charley Ann Schmutzler from team Michi & Smudo with her song "Blue Heart".

Season 5: 2015

In early May 2015, Samu Haber announced his exit from the show.[23] He was replaced by Andreas Bourani. The other three coaches remained on the show.[24] The backstage presenter Doris Golpashin was replaced by Lena Gercke.[25] The winner of the fifth season was Jamie-Lee Kriewitz from team Micho & Smudo with her song "Ghost", which was also the German contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 a few months later.

Season 6: 2016

At the end of April 2016, it was announced that Rea Garvey would leave the show and Samu Haber would return.[26][27] On 14 June 2016, it was announced that Michi Beck & Smudo and Andreas Bourani would continue to be coaches, whereas Stefanie Kloss would be replaced by Yvonne Catterfeld.[28] On 15 September 2016, it was announced that the show would be broadcast on ProSieben on Thursdays and on Sat.1 on Sunday from 20 October 2016. The winner of the sixth season is Tay Schmedtmann from team Andreas.

Season 7: 2017

For the seventh season, Andreas Bourani was replaced by The Voice Kids coach Mark Forster. Yvonne Catterfeld, Samu Haber as well as Michi Beck and Smudo all returned.[29] Also hosts Thore Schölermann and Lena Gercke remained on the show. The season started on 19 October 2017 and ended on 17 December 2017. The winner is Natia Todua from team Samu. None of the finalist sang their original song this year.

Season 8: 2018

During the seventh season, it was announced that there would be an eighth season in 2018. Host Lena Gercke and Thore Schölermann remained. In May 2018, the management of Samu Haber confirmed that he would not be a coach for the eighth season.[30] He was replaced by Michael Patrick Kelly. Yvonne Catterfeld, Mark Forster and Michi Beck & Smudo all returned as coaches.[31]

Season 9: 2019


Goldene Kamera

Year Category Result
2012 Beste Unterhaltung (Best Entertainment) Won

Deutscher Fernsehpreis

Year Category Result
2012 Beste Unterhaltung Show (Best Entertainment Show) Won


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